WZZ Meeting January 16th

Saturday, the 16th of January (a week from tomorrow as of this writing), Rob is hosting a WZZ meeting at The Reno Homebrewer, I assume at closing, which is at 5pm, but maybe 6pm is more like it.

Anyway, I hope to be there too.  It’s been awhile for me, and I’m looking forward to touching base with you all.  There’s a lot to talk about, especially with the Great Basin Brew-Off now open for registration (see previous post).

I don’t know if anything is expected for you to bring food-wise, but Rob will advise.

Cheers Everyone!

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Registration is Open!

The Great Basin Brew-off 2016 is open for business!  Just click the link on the menu, read the info, and then click to get to the registration site.

Things are different there as you’ll see, but I think you’ll like it once you get some familiarity.  Go ahead and register now, add entries, volunteer to judge or steward, but just don’t deliver your bottles until April, OK?  The deadline is April 23rd, but no self-respecting drop-off location wants to store entries for very long.

I hope you like the new registration site, and really hope you are excited about this competition.  Judging will be held at IMBIB on Wednesday night, the 4th of May, and at Taps & Tanks on Friday, the 6th of May.  Best-of-Show judging, followed by the Awards Party, will be at Great Basin, Sparks; judging at 2 pm, party at 4 pm.

So go ahead now and at least get registered.  When you get to the site, find the Great Basin Brew-off 2016 in the list of upcoming competitions, and click on the registration link on that line.  Every time you return to modify or add to your entries or for whatever reason, click on that same line, not on the top of the page.  The top header only shows your competition history, as if you’d been using the system for years (which many have, especially in Florida).

Important:  When you register, in your profile, there will be a space for a discount code.  WZZr’s (paid up on their dues) get a member discount.  The standard entry fee is $7 per, and $6 after the 2nd entry (max 6 entries/brewer).  The WZZ discount is $5 per, flat out.  But to get the code, you have to ask Rob for it, as he knows who’s up to date and who’s behind.

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December WZZ Meeting

Rob and Elaine will be hosting this month’s meeting, “Winter Warmers”, and they will have hot pots of red beans and rice (meat-lover and vegan both….).

If you’d like to show off your favorite cookie recipe/purchase, please bring a dozen and take a dozen.

See you at The Bates’ Motel:

1385 Alturas Ave

Reno, NV 89503

In case we don’t see you at this meeting, have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

1385 Alturas Ave

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1385 Alturas Ave 39.541609, -119.832360

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Great Basin Brew-Off 2016 – Styles Allowed

Here are the styles allowed in the upcoming Great Basin Brew-Off, listed by numerical order, 2015 guidelines:

21B: Belgian IPA

24: Belgian Ale (with 3 subcategories)

25: Strong Belgian Ale (3 subcategories)

26: Trappist Ale (3 subcategories)

29: Fruit Beer (3 subcategories)

30: Spiced Beer (3 subcategories)

31: Alternative Fermentables Beer (2 subcategories)

No other style categories will be accepted.  Refer to the BJCP 2015 Guidelines for complete information.

We don’t have a date yet (update, May 7th), but shoot for sometime in April or May, maybe later is better to give you more time.  We’ll announce that separately and ASAP.  For now though, start brewing.

Personally, I’m excited that we are moving in this direction (narrowing the allowable styles), focusing more (the new guidelines are massive) with better judging, a smoother operation, and a greater challenge for brewers.  Great Basin Brewing (our primary sponsor) helped select the categories as beers they are interested in exploring.

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